NEW YORK–At the request of His Holiness Karekin I–Catholicos of All Armenia’s–Eastern Primate Arch. Khajag Barsamian announced that the Catholicos would continue to receive medical treatment in New York City.
On Monday–Oct. 12–on the advice and under the supervision of specialists–the pontiff is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove a tumor from the floor of his mouth. This procedure will be a continuation of a treatment regimen begun earlier this year.
During a visit to New York last spring–the Catholicos began treatment for the tumor. After completing two phases of the treatment–and following as suitable period of recuperation in New York–he left for Holy Etchmiadzin in mid-August. In late September he returned to the US for a routine follow-up examination.
The physicians are in agreement that the ailment is treatable–and that the surgery poses no grave danger to the Catholicos. A period of rest and recuperation will follow the surgery.